Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of January 11, 2021

Dear Families,

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! I hope you all had a good break and were able to spend valuable time with your family. Just a reminder that Monday is a professional development day for teachers. School resumes for distance learning on Tuesday, January 12 for all students and our packet distribution will resume on Tuesday as well from 8-10 and 3-5. Distribution will also take place on Tuesday, January 19 due to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18.

Good news! We will have two Picture Days on Monday, January 25 for TK-2nd grade students and Monday, February 1st for grades 3-6. Siblings may attend either date. Photos will be taken outdoors with COVID-19 protocols in place. More information will be sent to you with details on procedures for the picture days. Please look for it next week in your email.

Street access to the school from Soquel Dr. is currently impacted due to a public works project. Cars traveling north on Soquel will not be able to turn left into the driveway and must continue to Cabrillo College Drive and make a U-turn. Access from Soquel Dr. for southbound traffic is not impacted, however the center turn lane and left lanes are closed. If visiting the school, please make sure to give yourself a little extra time in case of traffic due to the road work.

I am looking forward to seeing the students' smiling faces next week and getting the calendar year off to a strong start at Mar Vista!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and great week to come!

Stephanie Monroe

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi Families,

Happy new year! I hope you all had a nice holiday and were able to enjoy some family time.

Students will be continuing Unit 4 in our language arts curriculum, Benchmark, this week. This unit generally focuses on narrative stories and how perspectives/points of view shape these stories.

The science fair looks quite a bit different this year, and due to the structure of distance learning, it is not being required for 4th-6th graders. It is still encouraged for those students wishing to participate, and they can still submit their projects directly to the county fair this year. You can find more information about that here:

Please note, the deadline for registration is March 1st.

We will have science fair boards for anyone that wishes to participate, please just reach out to me and we can set something up.


Spirit Theme: Mismatched/Opposite Day!

This week's theme is Mismatched/Opposite clothing! Don't be shy! Don your most mismatched, backwards, or inside-out apparel! Why not? How creatively wild can you get?! Send photos over to to to be featured in the next Mar Vista News!

School Counselor's Corner

Mar Vista Parent Club

Next meeting: January 19 from 7:00 -8:30 pm

Meeting Link:

The MVPs continue to meet virtually each month to find ways to support the teachers and students. There are so many different ways you can contribute and get involved with the MVPs, so please reach out or come check out a meeting! We will be there virtually welcoming you with a smile! Hope to see many new faces soon! All are welcome to attend.

Read what teachers are saying...

They purchased Zearn for us and I have to say it has been a HUGE support for my math program. I also appreciate the $400 classroom funds because I have been purchasing chapter book sets for my class. I also really appreciate Ashley continuing on being treasurer with her full time job. -Miss Risa

For more information contact us at or follow us on Facebook @MarVistaElementary.

Library Updates

Mar Vista Elementary Library HOLDS/Curbside pick up using Destiny Discover - Watch Video

Daily story hour 2-3 Monday- Friday (Monday ends at 2:30 for curbside pick up)

Google classroom/Library code:


Meet link: or meet code a32st4zudr

Curbside pickup is happening, Mondays 3-5 PM.

Place holds following this tutorial on Mrs. Jacobsmeyer’s youtube channel:

YouTube: how to place a hold for Curbside pickup?

How to place a hold - step by step guide

Students now have a 3 week loan period and renewals are almost always an option! If I have a pressing need to have the book returned to fulfill another student's hold, I will give them a head's up for a week.


“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” ― Maya Angelou

January School Home Connection

Please respond to the Annual Notification to Parents...

Technology Support

For Chromebook repair or replacement, please go to Rolling Hills Middle School drive through on MWF from 9-12 or call the school office and arrange a time to drive the school for support.

The PVUSD Technology Department is ready to assist with your distance learning needs.

Call the Help Desk at (831) 786-TECH (8324)

Use this option if you need immediate assistance.

The PVUSD Help Desk is open from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm every school day and the help desk technicians can remotely assist you just like being with you in front of your computer.

Synergy Support for Parents

PVUSD School Meals - 2021

School meals are served daily at Valencia Elementary from 7:00-10:00 am. Click here for details.

Meal Distribution Jan 12 - 29, 2021: We want to acknowledge with deep gratitude the support of our community’s food pantries that ensure our families have access to food. Our meal distribution at 14 of our school sites will resume on Tuesday, January 12. Here is the flyer with schedule details.

As a reminder, PVUSD now has two afternoon meal pick up locations to support those families who are not able to access meals during earlier meal pick up times. Please note that families can pick up meals for their children for the seven days of the week on the one pick up day. Also, Second Harvest Food Bank distributes groceries during most weeks during these afternoon meal pick up times.

Here are the links to the flyers with details for afternoon meal pick up times :

Calabasas - Tuesdays at 4 PM
Starlight - Thursdays at 4 PM

Mar Vista Distance Learning Webpage

Find just about everything you need for Distance Learning on the Mar Vista Distance Learning webpage on our school website. Click here: Mar Vista Distance Learning 2020-2021

Virtual Recess

See times below:

TK/K - 10:30-10:45. Storytime/discussion Link

1st-3rd - 10:45-11:00 and 12:20-12:40 Storytime/discussion and Social time (sharing and talking) Link

4th-6th - 12:40-1:00 Social time Link

We hope students will find a time to connect, chat, share and just hang out in a safe, monitored environment supervised by Mar Vista yard duties.

Daily Instructional Schedules

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Accessible text is available

Did you know that you can change the font size and contrast with the accessibility feature when reading this newsletter on your phone? Look for the accessibility symbol and choose your preferences. Prefer a black and white paper copy? Just ask when visiting the drive through at distribution time. We always have several on hand. Happy reading!

COVID Safety Reminder

Parents, if you are coming onto campus, please make sure to sign in at the office for a COVID screening. Please make sure to wear a mask at materials distribution pick up, as well. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and well!